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Red White and Blue Pinwheel Cookies

Patriotic recipes like red white and blue fruit salad or these pinwheel cookies are perfect for your Memorial Day or Independence Day celebration!

The 4th of July is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your outdoor picnics and parties, and of course, your patriotic recipes! These patriotic pinwheel cookies are delicious and easy to make, and they’ll put a sparkle of fun into your festivities!

I love patriotic recipes like these! Pinwheel Cookies Recipe from @itsyummi

The Creative Cooke Exchange theme this month is Red, White, and Blue. Independence Day is coming soon and we have to celebrate! If you’re a blogger and you want to join in the fun, contact Laura via email (thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com) and she will get you added to our Facebook group where we coordinate events.

The recipe I made last month for Firecracker Cupcakes received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, so I knew that it would be fun to share this recipe for Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies.
I remember sparklers being one of my very favorite things about the 4th of July, but the other favorite was the ground display fireworks that spin around on a fixed post. I don’t know whether or not they’re actually called pinwheels, but that’s what they reminded me of, so that’s what I used to call them. These cookies remind me very much of those sparkly pinwheels.

When I was planning out how I wanted these cookies to look, I tossed around the idea of putting them onto sticks.  Truthfully, I think they’d be adorable that way, but everyone and their mother must have had the idea for cookies on a stick this month, because the craft store was sold completely out of them the day I was there!

The one thing I wanted to stray from was the use of food coloring. I really don’t like the way I feel when I eat food dye, so I try to avoid it.  A few months ago, I went as far as to toss out my entire stash of liquid & gel food coloring.  I can tell you that I’ve felt a whole lot better without them in my body, but it sure doesn’t help to be without them when you’re trying to create bright red and bright blue food!  SO, I looked in the back of my baking cabinet and found a couple of bottles of colored sugar sprinkles.  In addition to color, I thought they’d bring a fun sparkle to my cookies, and I was right.  They also bring a little extra crunch to the texture.  Yummi goodness!

I love patriotic recipes like these! Pinwheel Cookies Recipe from @itsyummi

Would you like to see more patriotic recipes?

How about these “Old Glory” patriotic cupcakes? This was before I had to stop using food coloring, but I think you’ll love the recipe!

Patriotic recipes don't get much more fun than these "Old Glory" patriotic cupcakes! They're a fun snack or dessert for the 4th of July or Memorial Day. Get the recipe from ItsYummi.com
I hope you have a great time making these patriotic cookies!

I love patriotic recipes like these! Pinwheel Cookies Recipe from @itsyummi

Sugar Cookie Pinwheels

These whimsical sugar cookies are rolled up and sprinkled with sweet colored sugar before being sliced and baked to perfection. They make cute holiday gifts, too!
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Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Servings 48
Calories 213 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1 ?2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ?4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3?4 stick) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ?3 cup (1?3 stick) shortening
  • 3 ?4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 ?2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (peppermint almond, or lemon also work well)
  • gel food coloring (I used Americolor gel #119)
  • Colored sugar or other desired toppings for rolling


  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and shortening on medium speed until creamy.
  • Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Whisk together the egg, milk, and vanilla extract in another bowl.
  • Slowly blend into the butter mixture on low to medium speed and mix until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure even mixing.
  • Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the reserved dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated.
  • Remove half of the dough from the bowl, flatten into a disk between two sheets of wax paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a rectangle about 1/4 inch in thickness, and approximately 8 inches x 11 inches. Set aside. Add two drops of red food gel coloring to remaining dough in mixer. Turn mixer to low speed and mix until color is incorporated throughout dough. Repeat step above to roll out colored dough. Refrigerate both sheets about 15 minutes, or until firm.
  • Remove top sheet of wax paper from each piece of dough and flip red dough over and on top of white dough. Beginning on one long edge, roll the dough to make a log so the two colors spiral inside each other. Wrap the log in waxed paper and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 4 days (rolled dough may also be wrapped well and frozen for up to 4 months).
  • Position a rack in center of oven and heat to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper (or silicone baking mats) and set aside.
  • Place colored sugar or other desired decorations into a shallow baking dish. Roll the dough through the desired toppings, then slice the log into cookies approximately 1/8" thick.
  • Place cookies at least 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are lightly browned around their edges, about 8 to 10 minutes Remove from oven and cool 1 to 2 minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 90mgSugar: 17g
Tried this recipe? Mention @itsyummi or tag #itsyummirecipe!

MORE Delicious Patriotic Recipes!

Firecracker Cupcakes Recipe from ItsYummi.com ~ Patriotic recipes like these cupcakes are SO cute! They're loaded with Pop Rocks candy for an explosion of fun!

Patriotic Recipes: Strawberry Blueberry Quinoa Salad from ItsYummi.com
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I love patriotic recipes like these! Pinwheel Cookies Recipe from @itsyummi

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    1. It’s rather sad, isn’t it, Gintare? I mean, I LOVE the vibrant colors, but the thought of my stomach lining turning 25 shades of purple doesn’t sound appealing 😉

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